December 7, 2021

Merry Christmas, Eve! Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

 

 

Merry Christmas, Eve!
Written by Adam Wallace
Illustrated by Lena Bardy
Ages 4+ | 36 Pages
Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects

Description: 

“The day before Christmas is a very special day,

That never had its own name.

But that all changed when one special elf,

Rose to glory and fame.

Eve was an elf with such get up and go,

She worked hard and loved to play.

But the Head Elf ran Christmas with an iron fist,

And this was what he had to say…”

Purchase Link: 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZIsGWP

Merry Christmas, Eve! is a festive children's picture book that tells the tale of a fun-loving elf named Eve who saves the North Pole and Christmas. The story was cute and had a great message - that everyone should be their true selves and let their light shine. The writing was well done but didn't have much of a rhyme scheme, which is something you normally find with picture books. The illustrations were colorful, bright, and full page and followed along with the story perfectly. They were a great visual for young children who are being read to help follow the story and keep their attention. It's a fun and festive book that I'd recommend to young readers learning how to read and children who enjoy being read to.

Adam Wallace has written stories about elves before (How to Catch an Elf), but Eve is by far his favorite elf!

Adam also has a mother who still makes him write a letter to Santa every year, and puts a stocking at the end of his bed … he doesn’t mind!

With over 82 books published, Adam believes Eve can outshine them all!

For more information, visit adam-wallace-books.com

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Merry Christmas, Eve!

(3) Three winners receive:

  • A copy of Merry Christmas, Eve!

The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

 Merry Christmas, Eve! Giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Children’s Book Review

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Fairview Review

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Friday, November 19, 2021

The Momma Spot

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Monday, November 22, 2021

Life Is What It’s Called

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

J.R.s Book Reviews

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Twirling Book Princess

A book giveaway of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Crafty Moms Share

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Lisa’s Reading

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Confessions of a Book Addict

A book giveaway of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Heart to Heart

A book giveaway of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A Dream Within a Dream

A book review of

Merry Christmas, Eve!

*Disclosure: I partnered with The Children's Book Review and Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects for this blog tour.

 

December 2, 2021

Avalina Jones and the Eye of the Storm Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

 

 

Avalina Jones and the Eye of the Storm

Author: Lori Adams
Ages 9-12 | 336 Pages
Publisher: Spyhop Publishing
 
Description:
 
When a young girl learns she is the Last Heir of the legendary pirate Davy Jones, she is whisked away to begin life aboard an enchanted schoolship for Pirate Heirs where danger and excitement awaits.

Contemporary kids who happen to be Heirs of the most villainous and celebrated pirates in history. Superstitions, mysteries, curses, secrets, strange ocean creatures, undead pirates, and seafaring legends will thrill middle-grade readers in this rollicking, globe-trotting adventure.

Avalina Jones, the Last Heir of the infamous pirate Davy Jones, has never heard of Sea Magic, flying dinghies, Pirate Heir schoolships, phantom islands, undead pirates, or creatures called Half Ones. And she has never understood her strange connection to water. But when a beautiful woman arrives in a swirling waterspout, Avalina’s life explodes with more adventures than she can possibly imagine. She takes her rightful place aboard a giant Pirate Heir schoolship teeming with Heirs of the world’s most nefarious pirates.

Raised as a Landlubber, Avalina quickly realizes bizarre and danger are normal aboard Pirate Heir schoolships-food fights back, school supplies giggle or explode in your face. And not everyone can be trusted.

When Avalina is accused of a terrible crime, she must prove her innocence or risk being banished from the schoolship forever-and this in the middle of a crucial Treasure Hunt!

Avalina races to unlock the secrets of the ship, and makes a dangerous discovery that threatens everyone aboard. With the help of her new friends Charlie, Pippa, and Bummy, Avalina draws closer to the truth, unaware that a deeper, darker fate awaits.

Author Lori Adams expertly delivers a story that is timeless, bringing together elements of sea lore, magic, and adventure. The first book in a seven-book series, Avalina Jones and the Eye of the Storm, is a romping tale for middle graders who are searching for the next enduring fantasy classic.

Purchase Links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3FFMKZv
Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781737131205
Avalina Jones and the Eye of the Storm is an action-packed middle grade adventure that readers are sure to enjoy right from the beginning. I liked the main character, Avalina, from the very first paragraph and grew to really love her by the end of the book. She's smart, witty, brave, loyal, and fights for what she believes in. She tends to get in trouble and some pretty sketchy situations throughout the story but she always finds a way out. I liked watching her overcome all the obstacles thrown her way and seeing all the crazy adventures she was a part of. The author did a wonderful job bringing Avalina and her world to life with lots of vivid imagery and detailed descriptions. It felt like I slipped inside her world right from the beginning of the story. I definitely recommend this book for fans of the genre and those looking for a great new heroine to root for.
LORI ADAMS is the author of the Avalina Jones series for middle-grade readers (Avalina Jones and the Eye of the Storm (#1) as well as two young adult series: The Kate March Mysteries: Speak Easy (#1) set in Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties, and the Soulkeepers Series: Forbidden, Awaken, and Unforgiven, a paranormal fantasy set in the quintessential but fictitious town of Haven Hurst, Connecticut and first published through Random House.

Lori was born and raised in Oklahoma but moved to Southern California where she lives with her family. She loves traipsing along SoCal’s wonderful beaches, watching Angel’s baseball, Cowboys’ football. Aside from writing, Lori loves reading and watching Classic Hollywood Movies.

For more information, visit https://loriadamsbooks.com.

Enter for a chance to win an Avalina Jones and the Eye of the Storm prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • An autographed copy of Avalina Jones: And the Eye of the Storm
  • An Avalina Jones quote tote
  • A Hands-Off Me Gigglin’ Grog mug
  • An Avalina Jones fridge magnet
  • An Avalina Jones bookmark

Two (2) winners receive:

  • An autographed copy of Avalina Jones: And the Eye of the Storm
  • An Avalina Jones bookmark
 
 
 
 
Disclosure: I partnered with The Children's Book Review and Lori Adams for this blog tour.
 
 

November 22, 2021

The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass Blog Tour: Author Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass by Anna Priemaza Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass by Anna Priemaza on November 16th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive guest posts from Anna, as well as 5 chances to win a copy of The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass!


What's Real?
by Anna Priemaza

When I was around ten years old, I started hearing whispers and feeling like my fingers were shrinking--not all the time, but in episodes that I still remember vividly. Sitting in a back room at my grandfather’s cottage, hearing the wordless whispers whirl around my ears, even though I was entirely alone. Reaching forward from the middle back seat of the car, pleading with my mom to hold my hand and stop it from shrinking. 

My parents took me to the doctor, who sent me for an EEG, which is where you have a bunch of electrodes attached to your scalp and they monitor things on a nearby computer. I understand now that they simply measure electrical activity, but at ten years old, I worried that they were reading my thoughts. That is when I first learned that the best way to make your brain think as many terrible thoughts as possible is to try not to think a single terrible thought. 

The EEG led to nothing except waiting to see if I would grow out of it, which I did--though for many years after, hearing someone whisper would immediately trigger my anxiety. 

A number of years ago, I read this article in The Guardian, which explains that childhood hallucinations are actually fairly common and usually nothing to worry about. If I went back in time and told that to my ten-year-old self, though (“Hey, child Anna, don’t worry about the whispering or your fingers shrinking! This is a normal part of childhood and it will pass.”), I don’t think my child self would have found it particularly reassuring.

Knowing the world is one way but having your brain tell you it’s another way is disconcerting. It can be unnerving. For child me, it was terrifying. 

In my upcoming book, The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass, Vera has regular episodes of feeling like the world and her brain do not match. Everything around her seems ordinary and unexceptional, but her brain is reeling with inexplicable loss and grief. 

Of course, in Vera’s case, it’s possible she’s not simply hallucinating like I did as a kid. It’s possible something truly is wrong with the world. But to find that out, you’ll have to read the book. 
 


 

Buy | Add on Goodreads | Excerpt

"The narrative concepts are novel, and the characters are easy to feel empathy for... A clever head trip." 
– Kirkus Reviews

A mind-bending YA novel about a world where everyone has a bit of magic in them—but some magic is being used to change the world in unspeakable ways.

Vera has a nagging feeling that she’s forgetting something. Not her keys or her homework—something bigger. Or someone. When she discovers her best friend Riven is experiencing the same strange feeling, they set out on a mission to uncover what’s going on. Everyone in Vera's world has a special ability—a little bit of magic that helps them through the day. Perhaps someone’s ability is interfering with their memory? Or is something altering their very reality? Vera and Riven intend to fix it and get back whatever or whomever they’ve lost. But how do you find the truth when you can’t even remember what you’re looking for in the first place? The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass is a cleverly constructed, heartbreaking, and compelling contemporary YA novel with a slight fantasy twist about memory, love, grief, and the invisible bonds that tie us to each other.

 

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Anna Priemaza is the author of Fan the Fame and Kat and Meg Conquer the World. This is her first piece of speculative fiction. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • One (1) winner will receive a hardcover of The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass by Anna Priemaza
  • US/Can only
  • Ends 12/1 at 11:59pm ET
  • Check out the other stops on the tour for more chances to win!

Blog Tour Schedule:

November 17th - Bookhounds
November 18th - Book Briefs
November 19th - Pragmatic Mom

November 22nd - A Dream Within a Dream
November 23rd - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

 

 

November 12, 2021

This Is Clare Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

 

 

This Is Clare
Written by Lindy Nelson
Illustrated by Ingrid Lefebvre
Ages 4+ | 38 Pages
Publisher: Mascot Kids

Publisher’s Synopsis: 

Come follow a lady and her hound.

New adventures with new friends will abound.

Learn some English and verse with Lindy and Clare.

We’re in China; we hope to see you there!

 

Purchase Link: Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XQA4io


This Is Clare is a cute children's picture book about a dog named Clare and the various activities and antics she gets into. This is obviously a book aimed for children learning to read. There are eight different scenes made up of three sentences and pictures that are presented in the book with each beginning with the phrase "This is Clare." The rest of the sequence is about Clare doing something and then doing the activity with an adjective that rhymes with the verb. It's a great way to help early readers practice reading and rhyming. The sentences are short and easy to understand which is helpful to keep the readers focus. There is an illustration that takes up the entire page of the whole book. The pictures are colorful, fun, and perfectly coincide with what's happening in the story. It's a great visual aid to go along with Clare's story. I definitely recommend this book for children learning to read as well as young kids who enjoy being read to while looking at cute illustrations.

Lindy Nelson is an American who has spent most of her adult life teaching English in China after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She enjoys arts and crafts, funny memes, eating candy, and of course, spending time with her greyhound, Clarence.


Enter for a chance to win a copy of This Is Clare, along with a virtual Questions and Answers session with the author!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy of This Is Clare
  • A virtual Questions and Answers session with the author via Skype

Nine (9) winners receive:

  • A copy of This Is Clare

The giveaway ends December 2, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

This Is Clare Giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

The Children’s Book Review

A book review of

This Is Clare

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

A book review of

This Is Clare

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Life Is What It’s Called

An interview with

Lindy Nelson

Friday, November 5, 2021

Tales of a Wanna-be Superhero Mom

A beyond-the-book activity for

This Is Clare

Monday, November 8, 2021

Lisa’s Reading

A book review of

This Is Clare

Tuesday, November 9, 2020

Confessions of a Book Addict

A book giveaway of

This Is Clare

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Book Bug CA

A book review of

This Is Clare

Thursday, November 11, 2021

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of

This Is Clare

Friday, November 12, 2021

A Dream Within a Dream

A book review of

This Is Clare

Monday, November 15, 2021

Me Two Books

A book review of

This Is Clare

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Crafty Moms Share

A book review of

This Is Clare

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

A book review of

This Is Clare

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Momma Spot

A book review of

This Is Clare

 

  Disclosure: I partnered with The Children's Book Review and Lindy Nelson for this blog tour.